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Old 03-15-2013, 11:55 AM   #4471
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Bad news for future Old Summer Road riders. Just heard that in October of this year, the remains of the collapsed Kyubeme River bridge was pulled down for firewood. A new bridge is being built over the Kyubeme River and should be in service by late 2014.

This will take away one of the major challenges of the old summer road.

Get in fast if you want to experience the full deal
So if we do the old summer road after 2014, are we going to take the Gold sticker from you? or it will be like cheating
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:41 PM   #4472
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Absolutely enthralling adventure. Couldn't stop reading it. Congratulations to all of you.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:15 PM   #4473
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Eric and Geir, may I ask of your thoughts regarding VisionX lights?
I am especially interested in whether you had special thoughts about their heavy weight and mounting them on a far-forward position on the front fairing bracket...
Maybe significant contributors to the breaking of bracket??

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Old 03-15-2013, 02:00 PM   #4474
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This was a truly epic ride. Walter, you have done some really great rides/ride reports in the past but this one truly raises the bar to a higher level. The difference in this one was the contributions made by all of the others who were on this ride with you.

I would like to thank all of you who involved for a highly entertaining, educational and motivating report.

I may never do a ride of this magnitude but you did provide me with some motivation. A few times in the past few weeks I considered driving the cage to work instead of riding because it was "too cold". Then I thought of what you guys (and gal) went through and rode the bike.

I guess driving the cage to work would be kind of like throwing the bike on a bongo truck to cross a little stream

I do have one complaint about your report. It will be very, very hard for anyone to top this one.

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Old 03-15-2013, 03:52 PM   #4475
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The easy(lazy) way to be fluent(well...maybe fluent is stretching things) in numerous languages. I've never used this gadget. Just saw it in the NatGeo catalog. Maybe some of the inmates here have used it or something like it and can comment on its value or lack thereof.

http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/n...guage-software

This pocket talking translator has more than 10,500 useful phrases in 15 languages and eight travel-related categories—such as dining or shopping—to help you communicate throughout the world. Save as many as 30 most used phrases in memory. English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Chinese, Swedish, Malaysian, Indonesian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Japanese, and Russian. With currency converter, voice memo recorder, travel alarm, and more.


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Old 03-15-2013, 06:14 PM   #4476
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Plus one for the DVD...PAL, NTSC either fine.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:02 PM   #4477
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A big thank you and your companions for the best ride report I have read yet.
I have followed most of your previous reports for the last 4 years and finally ventured to Russia last summer but quickly realised to get full value I would need to learn some Russian or at least have a companion who was fluent.
Any advice on the easiest way to learn some Russian anyone

conversational Russian is not that hard to pick up. I learned enough from Berlitz tapes and homemade flash cards to have a good time on a job assignment in Moscow in '86. Got more serious about it after living there for a few months and took some college classes. The alphabet has a letter for every sound, way better than English or French (where every word has a silent letter). Also, my experience was that trying the native tongue was viewed very positive and I have some great memories of fumbling around with words with policemen until I got it right.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:11 AM   #4478
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Also, my experience was that trying the native tongue was viewed very positive and I have some great memories of fumbling around with words with policemen until I got it right.
+1

During my time in the Navy, I got to visit many different countries. Regardless of where I was, I tried to at least learn the basics of being polite in the native language. Words like hello, goodbye, please and thank you go a long way towards making friends around the world.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:56 AM   #4479
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Thanks again for the awesome ride report!
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:27 AM   #4480
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:40 AM   #4481
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:35 AM   #4482
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I'll guess I need to learn Russian now, and I who almost don't speak english :-D

I know at least one thing I will do,18. Aug. I will start my bike and go for a 2-3 weeks ride, not so long or hardcore like you guys, but I will ride.

Thanks again for the inspiration.


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Old 03-16-2013, 02:07 PM   #4483
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Maurycy August Beniowski

As far as I know, he was Slovak.That s what they teach us in Slovakia.He was a great man.You can check it herehttp://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/MABeniowski.html
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:01 PM   #4484
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Pechenga

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I'll guess I need to learn Russian now, and I who almost don't speak english :-D

I know at least one thing I will do,18. Aug. I will start my bike and go for a 2-3 weeks ride, not so long or hardcore like you guys, but I will ride.

Thanks again for the inspiration.


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Old 03-16-2013, 03:41 PM   #4485
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Eric and Geir, may I ask of your thoughts regarding VisionX lights?
I am especially interested in whether you had special thoughts about their heavy weight and mounting them on a far-forward position on the front fairing bracket...
Maybe significant contributors to the breaking of bracket??

The LED lights we have on our bikes are the Denali D1. I have mounted the same on my R1200 GSA. They are just great. If you want to be seen these lights are the thing.

Regarding weight I don't think they tipped the scale with regards to the cracking of the fairing subframe. Walter did not have the lights and his frame cracked to. Remember that we had prototypes of the subframe. They were built as light as possible and we tested them to destruction. The production subframe will be of thicker material and more solid. They will last, even on a trip like ours.
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